Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Dr. Will Show - So You Wanna be a Dr.? with Dr. Nicol Howard

I chat with Dr. How about her motivation, her experiences, and her recommendation for anyone interested in pursuing a doctorate.

Nicol Howard, PhD has had the pleasure of serving as an educator in various capacities over the past years 12 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th - 12th grades and Special Education) in the Compton Unified School District and grades K through 4 in the Corona-Norco Unified District and the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). She is currently adjunct faculty at Chapman University, where she recently received the university's highest honor - the 2015 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Award (doctoral recipient) and the 2015 Joel Colbert Distinguished PhD in Education Outstanding Student Award from the College of Educational Studies. In higher education, she has facilitated multiple courses in teacher education related to technology, learning theories, and research methods. Her personal research interests are in the effective use of technology in K12 education and equity issues in STEM Education. Nicol recently taught elementary STEM education and served as a Learning Innovation Technology Leader in SAUSD, where she is now a Program Specialist (Personalized/Blended Learning).  

Nicol earned her B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), her M.A. in Educational Technology at Azusa Pacific University, and her Ph.D. in Education at Chapman University. Her past and present experiences, along with the notion of equity in education (specifically achievement), influence her commitment as an educator, researcher, tech enthusiast, learner, and educational writer. Nicol's concern for certain inequities in education and her research projects have led to publications in educational journals, such as the EDUCAUSE Review and the Urban Education Journal. Additionally, she has written for Edutopia and the Corwin Connect.

Nicol's overall commitment to the field of education has led her to speak at various national and international conferences, such as the Annual Conferences for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE), Emerging Scholars Conference (ESC), the International Diversity Conference, Computer Using Educators (CUE), and San Diego Computer Using Educators (SDCUE). Nicol is also a co-organizer for EdCampLA, and an invited guest moderator for #teacheredchat and #profchat on Twitter (@nicolrhoward). To learn more about Dr. Nicol R. Howard, please visit

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